Video Resume Site Launches

If video resumes are the future of recruiting, then FutureResume.com is a peek at what’s to come. The brand new site showcases candidate videos that are linked to digital resumes, cover letters and references packaged together with a rudimentary skills and background profile to make candidates searchable.

The slickly designed site launched a few weeks ago with a handful of employers. More are to be added when the site officially opens up to employers, who, like the jobseekers, can also post videos to supplement traditional job postings.

There’s nothing especially remarkable about FutureResume. CareerBuilder has been offering video resumes for more than a year. FutureResume takes it a further step, making the video the main attraction, rather than an additional element. Even though jobseekers can post a “paper” resume and skip the video, they’ll be discouraged by the $14.95 monthly fee FutureResume will begin to charge next year.

“Candidates who post on FutureResume.com are serious job seekers,” says co-founder and CEO Theo Rokos. “They’ll go to the trouble of putting their best foot forward in a video introduction, plus, after January 1, they’re willing to invest a small fee to stand out from the crowd on job boards. Employers will see the difference.

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FutureResume will accept do-it-yourself candidate and employer videos. Jobseekers in the Los Angeles area (the company is headquartered in Southern California’s Newport Beach) can come in to the FutureResume office to have a video shot there for $100. Employers can have Future Resume make a video for them for $500, plus monthly posting charges.

Brothers Theo and Greg Rokos founded FutureResume this year, after careers in sales and executive search respectively.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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10 Comments on “Video Resume Site Launches

  1. I’ve been in this HR video space since 2000 when we were doing video resumes for temp employees and it failed b/c of three main reasons 1) broadband wasn’t there 2) technology for encoding and video players wasn’t there 3) employers weren’t ready.

    But #1 and # 2 have been solved and I think that #3 (employers) might be ready, at least some will be….

    With 76% of Gen Y using online video regularly and posting their pictures all over the internet, I don’t see why there should be any legal issue with “seeing” a candidate.

  2. HR video was also used by PI Digital since 2001 (http://www.pi-digital.ca/) in order to promote candidate internationally (for an English content please visit Patrice Labonté’s profile on LinkedIn).

    At this time, and I agree with Ernest, they faced a lot of challenges, technical of course but mainly psychological. I mean HR people weren’t really ready for this especially when the IT market went down. Now are we ready for that? We will see….

  3. What a terrible, terrible idea. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get a job when you’re older, unattractive, overweight, etc., now hiring managers can and will discriminate before they even meet you.

    All it will take is one serious discrimination lawsuit judgment, we’ll see how long this trend continues.

  4. The best site by far for video resume creation is http://my.optimalresume.com. The main organization,Optimal Resume has over 350 universities subscribing to the service, which offers a script Builder, teleprompter and stylist function. This is the way to go if you are not shy and want to get noticed. Believe me, this is cool stuff.

    If you check articles in Vault, even one of the heads of the EEOC notes the advantages of video resumes. Company advantages outweigh the risks, and if the video resume is done right, gives a huge advantage to the user. It is here to stay, so the dinosaurs better get used to them.

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